Truck crashes can cause serious injuries that alter the course of an accident victim’s life. On top of the pain and suffering, such an injury generally requires intense medical treatment with hefty price tags, plus long recoveries that may cause you to miss time from work.
If you suffered injuries in this type of collision, and another party’s negligence caused the crash, they may bear responsibility for your expenses and damages. An 18-wheeler and semi-truck accident lawyer serving Frisco from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can ensure your rights are protected. We will represent you in your pursuit of financial recovery.
Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today for a free case evaluation. We pride ourselves on our accessibility to clients – even holding Facebook live streams to answer our clients’ questions and make sure they always know how their case’s progress.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ Will Investigate Your Accident
A truck accident lawyer from our law firm knows that large truck accident cases often point to culpable parties other than the truck operator. Even if the truck driver’s behavior causes an accident, the driver’s employer may retain responsibility for anything the driver does while on the job under vicarious liability law.
Parties that Might Be Liable
Our firm can pursue financial recovery from other parties in a personal injury case involving a large truck, including the following:
- The truck maintenance company
- A defective parts manufacturer and suppliers in the distribution
- The municipality responsible for road maintenance and repair
- A construction company that leaves equipment or debris on the road
To identify all the ways the above parties might have contributed to or caused your truck crash, a lawyer from our law firm can investigate the following:
- The scene of the collision
- Truck maintenance records
- Driver records
- Truck carrier safety records
- Police accident report
- Witness statements
- Surveillance videos
Our lawyers will collect evidence to identify the cause of your crash and to build your case of negligence.
Establishing Your Financial Recovery
When it comes to financial recovery for 18-wheeler collision injuries, every case is different. The amount depends on many factors, including the extent of your injuries, how they financially impacted you, how they will affect your future finances.
The following types of damages are commonly associated with this type of accident:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription medicines
- Replacement services
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost income and benefits
- Mental anguish, pain, and suffering
- Diminished enjoyment of life
Your lawyer from our team will calculate your damages and present them to the appropriate insurance companies. If the insurer fails to agree to a fair settlement, your legal team can take the matter to civil court.
Texas Statute of Limitations
Texas law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for financial recovery after your large truck accident. You have two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. This time may come faster than you think, and if negotiations with the insurer do not lead to a settlement, you will not want to run out of time to pursue the matter in civil court.
By retaining legal counsel soon after your semi-truck accident, you give them more time to collect evidence, construct your case, pursue financial recovery with the insurance company, and file a lawsuit in court if necessary.
Negligence in Truck Accidents
The devastating outcomes of 18-wheeler accidents have prompted multiple studies into the causes of these collisions. One joint effort of the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) produced the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS). Researchers explored the causes of accidents that resulted in serious injury or fatality.
Consider the following eye-opening facts and trends they discovered.
Factors Causally Linked to 18-Wheeler and Semi-Truck Accidents
The study reveals common factors that lead to large truck accidents, including:
- Driver’s prescription medications
- Unfavorable road conditions
- Driver fatigue
- The unusual flow of traffic
- Unfamiliarity with the road
- Traffic signal or crosswalk compels a sudden stop
- Faulty brakes
These factors can pair with or trigger behaviors in truck drivers that increase the risk of an accident.
Most Common Behavior Leading to a Truck Accident Event
- The truck driver was driving while distracted
- The truck driver was fatigued/fell asleep
- The truck driver was operating the vehicle too fast for road conditions
- The truck driver failed to control the vehicle
- The truck driver did not know about sub-optimal driving circumstances
- The truck driver suffered a seizure, heart attack, or other physical impairment
- The truck driver failed to control their vehicle
- The truck driver neglected to drive at a safe distance from other traffic
- The truck driver did not pay attention
- The truck driver panicked
- The truck driver failed to estimate how fast other vehicles were moving
Significant Semi-Truck and 18-Wheeler Events
As a result of these risk factors and behaviors, researchers unveiled the following top large truck crash events:
- Almost 30 percent of these truck drivers lost control of their vehicles.
- Over 30 percent of the trucks ran outside of their roadway lanes.
- Over 20 percent of the accidents studied involved a rear-end collision.
When you hire a D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ 18-wheeler and semi-truck accident lawyer serving Frisco, our team will determine the cause of your accident. We will also work to hold the responsible party accountable for your injury-related expenses and fight for your financial recovery.
Hire an 18-Wheeler and Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Frisco from Our Firm
Let a lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ help you pursue financial recovery following your truck accident. You have already suffered enough. We can take this burden off your shoulders and fight for justice on your behalf.
Call us today for a free case evaluation.
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